William T. Jones

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William T. Jones

Term Start 1888
Term End 1901
Preceded by R. F. Harris
Succeeded by Charles H. Walker

Town of Charlottesville
Term Start 1874
Term End 1887
Preceded by Frank M. Paoli
Succeeded by R. F. Harris

Biographical Information

Date of birth October 27, 1839
Charlottesville, Virginia
Maplewood Cemetery
Date of death January 4, 1901
Jefferson Street
City of Charlottesville, Virgina
Spouse 2
Children 5
Alma mater
Profession Contract Painter
Religion Baptist Church

William T. Jones (1839 - 1901) was the first City Treasurer of Charlottesville.[1] His father was a lineal descendant of John Paul Jones.

On July 17, 1861, at the opening of the Civil War, W. T. Jones enlisted as a private in Company A, Nineteenth Virginia Regiment, and served eighteen months. After a severe wound which he received in the battle of Williamsburg, May 5th, 1862. He was shot through the head just below the temples, and carried the mark of the bullet to the end of his life. He was prisoner at Fort Delaware and also the Old Capital (City of Richmond).

After the war he became a contracting painter in Charlottesville, and continued in business until 1874 when he was elected City Treasurer by the Council, to fill out the unexpired term of the late Frank J. Paoli. Prior to election to office, he had the misfortune to receive a severe fall from a scaffold, while having some painting done near the city, and as a consequence one of his legs had to be amputated.

When Charlottesville became a city in 1888, Jones was re-elected treasurer by the people. He held the office continually, being assisted in later years by his son-in-law, Mr. J. R. Gibson.


W. T. Jones entered the Confederate army as a member of Company A, Nineteenth Virginia Infantry. He was in active service until the battle of Williamsburg, where he was severely wounded and taken prisoner. After six months imprisonment he was discharged from active service. His brother, James R. Jones, was killed in the battle of Seven Pines. W. T. Jones was elected paymaster of John Bowie Strange Camp and was an active member until his death. He was the first City Treasurer of Charlottesville, a valuable citizen and prominent in church work.

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